Reknown as the Città del Vino (city of wine), it could also be defined the City of Orchids and Nativity Scenes for the two beautiful exhibitions successfully held every year. The town rises on the northern slopes of Monte Tuscolo, between Frascati and Monte Compatri, on a tuff rock hill formed from a secondary cone of the latium volcano, from which all the Colli Albani have originated. Monte Porzio Catone is famous for the Barco Borghese, a large roman complex of approx 16000 sqm. It’s a vast quadrangular clearing, still under archaeological investigations. Monte Porzio Catone is situated at about 400 metres a.s.l. and dominates the vast vineyards that, together with numerous wine bars and cellars, deserve the name of Città del Vino (city of wine). The entrance to the town is through a simple, yet imposing featured vault incorporated in Palazzo Borghese. Walking through the small alleys of the peaceful centre, you can enjoy the view of rome or the surrounding chestnut woods. an important event of which the town is proud and rightly so, is the famous mostra internazionale delle orchidee, which every year draws international cultivators and attracts visitors from all over the world.
The Municipality of Monte Porzio Catone
Province of Rome
inhabitants: 8.693 monteporziani
Altitude center: 451 m a.s.l.
The Municipality is part of:
City of the Wine
Road of Wines of the Castelli Romani
Protected natural areas:
Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani
Via Roma 5 - Tel. 06942831
ON THE TRAIN
Orchid Flower Show (21-22-23 of April 2017)
The show takes place in the historical tinelli (typical taverns) every year in April attracting tourists and enthusiasts. The centre of the town becomes the site of magnificent flowers and atmosphere created ad hoc for the occasion. Furthermore, it is an important event for the crossbreeders who propose new variations of flowers. Together with the flower displays, you can enjoy shows and musical performances in the town centre where shops, bars and the well know fraschette (typical taverns of Castelli Romani area) are open until late night.